A Heart In Winter / Un Coeur En Hiver (Bilingual)
A Heart In Winter / Un Coeur En Hiver (Bilingual)
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One of the best memorable scenes is when Camille is recording Ravel's trio and Stephane is listening. At that moment, he begins to claim for himself the right to be close to beauty, a feeling he has rejected for many years under the shadow of Maxim.
The movie is about two men who own a violin shop and they both fall in love with a beautiful soloist who becomes their client, her violin is a wonderful sounding Vulliame with an incredible tone. There are wonderful performances of Ravel's trio and sonatas throughout the movie.
The movie makes a profound statement about violin making, musical interpretation, the awkwardness and inconvenience of true love, jealousy, death, inner feelings that are rarely spoken, how friendship can change over a woman, and how a man's heart has become frozen from a life of romantic solitude.
What I found most interesting about the plot is that we do not know if Camille and Stephen will eventually become lovers, he say he will attend her next recital in Paris and she drives away with Maxim looking at him with adoring eyes. Paris is like New York, you have to be big to play there so apparently by this time Camille has become popular. One thing we do know is that Stephen does have a life and says he is not worthless because of his abilities as a violin luthier. In the end, Stephan is left with his violins: woman or no woman we never know if he will be forever trapped in his frozen world...
Fans of "The Red Violin" will love this movie but I would recommend this to anyone who loves romance and violin performance, essential viewing and not to be missed.
The story draws us very subtly and gradually in the life of Stephan and his psychological makeup. While many of us may not identify with the choices he makes, yet people like him do exist, with an inability to get out of their heads, inability to be open and vulnerable, to form meaningful relationships. He is not a complete loner, though probably his idealized self-image is that of a lone-wolf.. (one of my favorite dialogue from the movie is when stephan tells camille - 'I would like to be a loner, but i enjoy company of men and women...'), he is attracted to her but ultimately is unable to make the final leap. Though during this whole process he is somewhat 'dis-assembled' (i borrow this from another great psychological study-the english patient... the book) and does see his shortcomings...
i could go on and on.. there are so many images that linger in mind... camille going to stephans lady-friend's bookstore to assess her.. both aware of who other is.. just exchanging glances... camille's breakdown in the restaurant... camille's initial-attraction to stephan, the exchanged glances, her (very subtle) nervousness in his presence.... and the beautiful music...
I have seen 'Un Coeur en Hiver' many times. I intend to see it for many more years to come. At times I wonder what is that makes me see it again and again. Every time I watch it I find new depths, I find new meanings, I explore new thoughts. The music is too good. I am too ignorant on music to comment any more. But it surely is haunting. The colours in each frame are marvellous, so pleasing to eyes.
Emmanuelle Beart (Camille) and Daniel Auteuil (Stephane) are exceptional in this movie. Camille is charming, focussed, intense but at the same time subtle and vulnerable. Very few can express such controlled emotions. Three scenes are etched in my mind.
One, the way she looks at Stephane after he fine-tunes her violin during her practice session. Nothing is said, except some mono-syllables. Stephane concentrating on her performance, and she judging him, analyzing him -- all expressed with a glance, subtle smile or intense looks. Second, the way she handles her disappointment, anger, sense of betrayal after Stephane rejects her proposal in the car. She waits for her anger to subside, waits to regain self-control and then opens the door and gets out. Superbly acted, so much understated. Third must be one of her finest performance -- the way she lets her lose herself in the restaurant. Sarcasm, indifference, imploration, helplessness, feeling of being betrayed --- all these in sequence in minutes. Then she shivers in anger and explodes and then breaks down. She is ashamed as she is very proud of herself. All these time, Stephane is as cold as winter, not knowing what to do (or he knows what to do but not be able to do it?)
The irony of the movie is that Stephane, a master technician, who repairs and fine-tunes violin strings to make clearer, harmonious music fails to do the same with the broken strings of a gifted violinist.
Most recent customer reviews
Je pensais que c'était un C/D, mais c'était un VHS. Comme je n'ai pas d'appareil pour faire jouer cette affaire, je ne verrai
jamais ce film.... Read more
I have waited long enough since the movie was released back in the 90's. Again, DVD please!Published on April 14 2004
This is typical but beautifully depicted French movie. The story is basically about triangular love affair, which French movies are likely to choose as the theme. Read morePublished on June 1 2002 by Adel Andersen
As the title says, the heart of the main character, Stephan, who was acted superbly by Daniel Auteil, is as cold as winter. He can not love and commit himself to anyone. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2001 by M
A provocative film in the French genre, even better if you can understand some French. The actress, Emmanuelle Beart, is stunning and well worth the price of admission.Published on Nov. 12 2001
This should be a DVD certainty, especially considering the musical content which resulted in a movie-specific CD... Read more
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